The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life - Trivers, Robert
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2012 Whether it's in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive-but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive? In his bold new work, prominent biological theorist Robert Trivers unflinchingly argues that self-deception evolved in the service of deceit-the better to fool others. We do it…mehr

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2012 Whether it's in a cockpit at takeoff or the planning of an offensive war, a romantic relationship or a dispute at the office, there are many opportunities to lie and self-deceive-but deceit and self-deception carry the costs of being alienated from reality and can lead to disaster. So why does deception play such a prominent role in our everyday lives? In short, why do we deceive? In his bold new work, prominent biological theorist Robert Trivers unflinchingly argues that self-deception evolved in the service of deceit-the better to fool others. We do it for biological reasons-in order to help us survive and procreate. From viruses mimicking host behavior to humans misremembering (sometimes intentionally) the details of a quarrel, science has proven that the deceptive one can always outwit the masses. But we undertake this deception at our own peril. Trivers has written an ambitious investigation into the evolutionary logic of lying and the costs of leaving it unchecked.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Ingram Publisher Servicesbooks
  • Seitenzahl: 399
  • Altersempfehlung: ab 13 Jahren
  • Erscheinungstermin: 7. Januar 2014
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 208mm x 139mm x 32mm
  • Gewicht: 405g
  • ISBN-13: 9780465085972
  • ISBN-10: 0465085970
  • Artikelnr.: 37182542
Autorenporträt
Robert Trivers, geboren 1943 in Washington, D.C., ist ein US-amerikanischer Soziobiologe und Evolutionsbiologe. Er wurde bekannt durch das Konzept des "Reziproken Altruismus". Trivers ist Professor für Anthropologie und Biologie an der Rutgers University. Er ist maßgeblich an der Entwicklung der Theorie vom egoistischen Gen beteiligt.
Rezensionen
David P. Barash, Evolutionary Psychology “[I]t would be folly indeed to ignore the book's scientific insights, its provocative suggestions, and—perhaps most of all—the sheer intellectual delight in reading something that is so cogent, so relevant to one's own daily life, and, it must be said, so damned obvious ... once a genius like Robert Trivers points it out! (Please note: I don't use the ‘g-word' often, or lightly.)" Seattle Times “If we can convince ourselves that we are stronger, smarter, more skillful, more ethical or better drivers than others, we're a long way toward convincing other people too. This fundamental insight frames Trivers' wide-ranging exploration of deceit and self-deception in the human and animal worlds.... Believing you can achieve some goal – climbing a mountain, getting a new job, rebuilding an engine – can give you the incentive to actually work at it. The trick, of course, is to not slide into overconfidence or blithely deny unpleasant facts – behaviors which, as Trivers shows time and again, almost always precede disaster."